It Takes a Village Idiot

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • It Takes a Village Idiot
  • Jim Mullen
  • English
  • 13 May 2017
  • 0743218795

About the Author: Jim Mullen

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It Takes a Village Idiot Finalist For The Thurber Prize For American Humor A Rocky Mountain News Denver Best Book Of The Year Millions Of People Dream Of Abandoning The City Routine For A Simple Country Life Jim Mullen Was Not One Of Them He Loved His Manhattan Existence Parties, Openings, Movie Screenings He Could Walk To Hundreds Of Restaurants, Waste Entire Afternoons At The Film Forum, People Watch From His Window Then, One Day, Calamity His Wife Quits Smoking And Buys A Weekend House In The Catskill Mountains Of Upstate New York In A Tiny Town Diametrically Opposed To Manhattan In Every Way Slowly, However, The Man Who Once Boasted, Life Is Just A Cab Away, Begins To Warm To The Place Manure And Compost And Strangers Who Wave And All And To Embrace The Kind Of Life That Once Gave Him The Shakes

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10 thoughts on “It Takes a Village Idiot

  1. Jess says:

    This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the pl This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the places described in this book the city or the country are appealing for their extremes The middle of the road answer then seems to be the suburbs, which of course is no answer for a number of reasons, first of which is that there are too many damn people for the idea to work You either pay through the nose to be in the burbs closest to the city and still deal with the same congestion you d have there, or livecheaply further and further away as you get priced into a commuter s oblivion, paying instead in the hours of your life wasted just getting places Fortunately, I ve learned that balance does not mean middle of the road that splitting the difference 50 50 might be appropriate for some situations but that sometimes balance can mean 80 40 or 90 10, or even 99 1 So I keep hope that there s another answer out there and that finding the right place for me to live is possible

  2. Andrew says:

    Mullin s memoir of his transition from a New York City maven to a Catskill lover is pure fun Some of the references are dated, but not enough to harm the humor Having lived in NYC and then outside it, I could relate to how one starts to see things in new ways in a place after experiencing them Mullin s wry take on everything around him and his keen observations are the kind that make you laugh out loud.

  3. Mormonhermitmom says:

    I picked this one up in a thrift store yes I was desperate for a cheap read This is what happens when your local library is only open for four hours a day after school hours and if there is a school holiday it s closed PERIOD.Actually though, it turned out to be one of my better cold picks I busted a gut, or nearly, I mean I really tried not to because when you are reading late at night in bed with a headlamp because your spouse has to get up at 0 dark thirty in the morning, you really ca I picked this one up in a thrift store yes I was desperate for a cheap read This is what happens when your local library is only open for four hours a day after school hours and if there is a school holiday it s closed PERIOD.Actually though, it turned out to be one of my better cold picks I busted a gut, or nearly, I mean I really tried not to because when you are reading late at night in bed with a headlamp because your spouse has to get up at 0 dark thirty in the morning, you really can t laugh out loud That would be rude.There were a few rude words in the book, so put this book down as a PG okay I think there might have been one or two f bombs so maybe PG 13 But oh my, aside from that okay here goes.This book has a copyright of 2001 and it mentions a bomb scare in New York so I m not sure if it s pre 9 11 or post 9 11 but it fits either way Pardon me, I digress.Ahem.A New York City couple are living a pretty good life She s in textiles, he s a journalist They use the public transportation system and taxis to get around They have their favorite restaurants, shops, stores and they are thoroughly city folk They have friends who have homes in upstate New York that sometimes they will visit but not often.Then she decides to quit smoking She succeeds, but she knows to keep herself away from the cigarettes, she has to keep her hands busy Well, what s busier than remodeling a fix er upper farm in upstate New York He thinks she s nuts.She looks and looks, finds one she likes and buys it from a local bank located in a trailer No credit check You got a job is all the bank president asks And so the adventure torture begins Over the course of many weekends over several years, she starts fixing up the house over her partner s objections I never really found out if they were married or just living together in any case it was a committed relationship how committed I ll let you be the judge He hates everything about the country He hates that the house is on a dirt road He hates the smell of the nearby field when the neighbor spreads manure on it He hates the power outages, the third world plumbing, the only restaurant in town that serves a side of pulled pork with every meal He especially hates how he can t get a real newspaper Who doesn t read the Times Well everyone in town basically Newspapers are for the flatlanders.Slowly the couple start adjusting to the locals and the culture , or lack thereof in his mind, thank you very much He gets used to her ever expanding gardening He learns that you just have to wave to everybody even if you don t know them And oddly enough, they end up spendingandof their week in the country until finally they are there full time.They don t entirely assimilate that s where all the funny stuff comes in If you need a good belly laugh, whether you hail from town or country, this is a good one.I must insert an excerpt because I just can t tell it any better.He s talking about their efforts to keep critters out of their gardenFor the deer, we decided to go with a wire fence It was expensive, but we ll have to do it only once But that wouldn t solve the woodchuck problem They could dig under any fence With them it turned into hand to hand combat, mano a marmot Patrolling the perimeter one day, Sue spotted a woodchuck down by the barn and yelled for me to come help I grabbed the first thing I could find my 6 iron and ran down there We had the thing cornered and I started clubbing it it It was something out of Goodfellas Each smack made a sickening thump, but the thing wouldn t stop twitching I didn t want it to suffer, but I couldn t seem to finish it off Finally I came down with a mighty stroke right on its head Woodchuck blood splattered all over me, my shirt, my pants, my face But it stopped moving Just then Vardon Frasier drove up He looked at me and the shirt and the pant and the club, leaned out the window, and said, I use a three wood Now, if that paragraph didn t get a chuckle from you, just forget the whole thing and go browseI may have to hold on to the book for this spring when I start putting my garden together I don t have fence up yet and I want to be prepared

  4. Linda Manwaring says:

    This isn t amazing literature But with that said it s a fun, entertaining read The author is the village idiot a former resident of Greenwich Village who moves to the country There are amusing comparisons between city and country life.

  5. Beth Nieman says:

    Author Jim Mullen s book, It Takes a Village Idiot, is the hilarious re telling of his adventures with his wife in the Catskill Mountains of New York state Mullen, a city dweller who loves the night life, the arts, and the fine restaurants which are so easily accessed from his conveniently located but tiny Manhattan apartment, is smug when he visits friends who own a weekend house nothing, nothing could induce him to leave the excitement and sophistication of the city for a rotting rural Author Jim Mullen s book, It Takes a Village Idiot, is the hilarious re telling of his adventures with his wife in the Catskill Mountains of New York state Mullen, a city dweller who loves the night life, the arts, and the fine restaurants which are so easily accessed from his conveniently located but tiny Manhattan apartment, is smug when he visits friends who own a weekend house nothing, nothing could induce him to leave the excitement and sophistication of the city for a rotting rural farmhouse Nothing except his wife, that is After she quits smoking, she needs something to do with her hands Before he knows what hit him, Mullen and his wife are the owners of their very own rotting farmhouse, financed at a local bank operated from a mobile home Their entertainment opportunities have whittled down considerably They can either listen to the single radio station, or go out for a night at Big Pig, the local barbecue joint Or, they could work on the house The house needs work Lots of work The Mullens begin to lead a double life Weekends find them at the farmhouse getting to know their neighbors, making repairs, and trying to figure out why, in March, it s colder inside the farmhouse than it is outside Back in Manhattan, Mullen finds himself daydreaming about what he ll do next weekend in the country This tale of city dwellers overcoming a lifetime of urban conditioning and falling in love with the New York countryside is funny enough to make you laugh out loud It s a great book to take with you to the beach this summeror maybe to that quaint little mountain cabin you ve had your eye onReaders who loved Betty MacDonald s delightful The Egg or I or Eric Hodgin s classic Mr Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse will really enjoy Mr Mullen s humorous memoir

  6. Rebekkila says:

    I have been looking for this book for years and finally bought it throughThe back story is a New York couple buy a weekend house in the Castskills The story was funny and I completely knew where he was coming from a lot of the time Everybody knows everyone up there so the newspaper finding out your business is a complete nightmare stories about who passed a bad check and where it happened One restaurant in the whole town where if it isn t meat, it s fried Waving at everyone you pa I have been looking for this book for years and finally bought it throughThe back story is a New York couple buy a weekend house in the Castskills The story was funny and I completely knew where he was coming from a lot of the time Everybody knows everyone up there so the newspaper finding out your business is a complete nightmare stories about who passed a bad check and where it happened One restaurant in the whole town where if it isn t meat, it s fried Waving at everyone you pass whether you are in a car or standing in your yard Not to mention the gruesome farm accidnets And the way you have to dress while at the farm.My father grew up on a farm and the family still owns it As a child we would go to the farm every other weekend and when Iwas a kid I found it to be lots of fun As a teenager I couldn t stand being up there with nothing to do This story brought back lots of childhood memories.I would recommend the book I liked Jim Mullen before the book because he wrote the Hot List for entertainment Weekly and I used to crack up at the stff he read Now the Hot List has some other writer who I ok, but not nearly as funny as Jim Mullen

  7. Kathy Tracey says:

    What can I say, this is the book I wish I wrote A city person moves into a quite, small community and spends time comparing life between the two While there are some extreme exaggerations, overall there were many laugh out loud moments Quote from page 178 The guests expect dinner to be on the table Instead of people asking for the recipe, Sue will hear things like, I ve never had lasagna before, and I ve always heard you could eat asparagus but I never knew anyone who actually did A gre What can I say, this is the book I wish I wrote A city person moves into a quite, small community and spends time comparing life between the two While there are some extreme exaggerations, overall there were many laugh out loud moments Quote from page 178 The guests expect dinner to be on the table Instead of people asking for the recipe, Sue will hear things like, I ve never had lasagna before, and I ve always heard you could eat asparagus but I never knew anyone who actually did A green salad will go as untouched as the centerpiece Dinner should be beef or ham Chicken they can eat at home If you want to be really experimental ou can go with roast pork, but people will talk Vegetables should be creamed, potatoes should be mashed Anything that cannot be improved by Campbell s cream of mushroom should should be avoided All desserts must contain either Jell o, Cool Whip, or miniature marshmallows the best ones have all three. If you are looking for a quick read, lots of humor, check this one out It s no wonder it won several awards for American Humor and Book of the Year

  8. Janice says:

    I began this book strictly for the humor and I did enjoy the self depricating humor of the author, but about half way through I realized there was muchto this story The author lives in NYC, born and raised there and loves it, can t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else His wife buys a home in upstate NY, in the country, which the author has nothing but distain for, but slowly he learns to enjoy both communities for what they have to offer, but many laughs along the way.We all live I began this book strictly for the humor and I did enjoy the self depricating humor of the author, but about half way through I realized there was muchto this story The author lives in NYC, born and raised there and loves it, can t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else His wife buys a home in upstate NY, in the country, which the author has nothing but distain for, but slowly he learns to enjoy both communities for what they have to offer, but many laughs along the way.We all live in a small microcosm with knot holes to see into other cultures and ways of life but the view is very limited It s good to remember that we all live very different life styles, and they all have their rewards.A quote from the book, We learned the charm of driving a human sized car on the same 8 lane divided highway next to an 18 wheeler going 75 mph If we ever get crushed to death, at least we d know that it was so some Safeway store in Piscataway could get their weekly shipment of Huggies three minutes early, and not for something stupid

  9. Sharon says:

    Now this is humor Such a delightfully funny book, I laughed out loud at times It s not just funny sometimes it s funny in almost every paragraph Jim Mullen is a very fine writer He and his wife live in Manhattan She buys an old house 3 hours away in the Catskills and drags Jim there on weekends, which become longer andfrequent stays This is Jim s hilarious conversion from total immersion in city life to country life, kicking and screaming all the way The people of Walleye, the coun Now this is humor Such a delightfully funny book, I laughed out loud at times It s not just funny sometimes it s funny in almost every paragraph Jim Mullen is a very fine writer He and his wife live in Manhattan She buys an old house 3 hours away in the Catskills and drags Jim there on weekends, which become longer andfrequent stays This is Jim s hilarious conversion from total immersion in city life to country life, kicking and screaming all the way The people of Walleye, the country town that is their new home, are lovable and pragmatic and don t think much of flatlanders Some of the humor is subtle, so be sure not to miss anything If you live in New York or have lived there, or have visited there much, this book will be even funnier to you

  10. Jackie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Jim and his wife Sue buy a small farm in the Catskills to use on weekends At first Jim has a hard time adjusting and misses Manhattan Usually can t wait to get back But the weekends become longer until they finally decide to sell their city apartment and move full time to the country Love how these books are always written by people who have the luxury of writing from home Would like to see some of these back to the country books by someonelike the rest of us When you do find one it Jim and his wife Sue buy a small farm in the Catskills to use on weekends At first Jim has a hard time adjusting and misses Manhattan Usually can t wait to get back But the weekends become longer until they finally decide to sell their city apartment and move full time to the country Love how these books are always written by people who have the luxury of writing from home Would like to see some of these back to the country books by someonelike the rest of us When you do find one it is about someone who takes on the herculean task of being self sufficient and off the grid Need some books by people in between these two Fun how he makes fun of the locals in the beginning until he becomes one and then sees the silliness of the flatlander